The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands

by 3 Generations
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The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands
The Environmental Crisis on Native American Lands

At 3 Generations we have been telling the stories of the injustices suffered by Native Americans, their lands, and communities for over 10 years. We work to bring attention to the continued degradation of Indigenous lands and the vulnerability of native peoples. 

In late April 2022, Steven Donziger, the environmental and human rights lawyer who famously fought against Chevron, was finally released from house arrest. Donziger fought against the multinational energy corporation for the contamination of land in the Lago Agrio region of Ecuador, home to many Indigenous communities. This action by Donziger led to an all out assault by Chevron, resulting in one of the most bitter court cases in the history of environmental law. 

Along with the news of Donziger’s release, the fight against crude oil pipelines across Northern Minnesota continues. Environmental advocates and Indigenous tribes have ramped up efforts to fight against the construction of Line 3. If approved, the tar sands crude oil pipeline would violate the treaty of Anishinaabeg, infringing on the rights of the Ojibwe people and endangering their fishing, hunting, and cultural lifestyle. Several Indigenous organizations have led protests along the construction route against the very real fear of an oil spill over any of the 200 bodies of water that the pipeline would cross. 

At 3 Generations we are continuing to monitor and sound the alarm about Native American & Indigenous communities and the environmental issues they face. 

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At 3 Generations we have been telling the stories of the injustices suffered by Native Americans, their lands, and communities for over 10 years. We work to bring attention to the continued degradation of Indigenous lands and the vulnerability of native peoples. Many Indigenous Americans lack running water and sanitation. These resources are considered a basic human right.

An estimated 1 in 10 Indigenous Americans lack access to safe tap water or basic sanitation. Native American households are 19 times more likely than white households to lack indoor plumbing. In Canada, 61 Indigenous reservations have been under long-term drinking water advisories, some going as far back as 1995. Water contamination is also pervasive within these communities because oil and mining companies have left groundwater sources with elevated levels of toxic chemicals.

In the USA, Native reservations cannot raise money to fund any community project through property taxes as tribal territories are held in trust by the federal government. It is the United States government’s responsibility to care for Native reservation lands. In exchange for giving up millions of acres to the United States, tribes were promised a permanent homeland, and a livable reservation that would promote health and prosperity. But while the root causes vary depending on the Native American community, the overriding issue is the absence of an adequately funded comprehensive government policy to make good on treaty obligations. Tribal consultation, which is key to crafting tailored long-term solutions, is mostly absent.

3 Generations will continue to sound the alarm about Native American communities and the environmental issues they face until the US government rights the decades of wrongs they have perpetrated by denying Indigenous Americans the right to determine the fate of their lands. 

For information about this and any of our other issues. Please visit our website.

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3 Generations works to bring attention to the injustices that Native Americans face in their ongoing struggle to determine the fate of their land, culture and values. This is a struggle that they have endured since the first European settlers came to North America over 500 years ago.

We recently shared information through social media and a blog post about the uncovering of unmarked graves of Native American children at former US and Canadian boarding schools. The forced assimilation of tens of thousands of children to these boarding schools in an attempt to kill Native American culture and their tribal system was a way for governments to try to remove them from their lands without actually having to fight them. 

The schools forbade the children from using their own languages and names, as well as from practicing their religion and culture. The children were taught that they must abandon their way of life because it was inferior to white people’s. In the schools they faced neglect, abuse and were susceptible to a wide range of illnesses. Many children died. The schools left a legacy of devastation and trauma but they failed to eradicate Native American cultures.

You can read our blog post on the topic Native Children Finally Coming Home here. We also have a number of social media posts about the memorials and marches in honor of the children who were lost to these schools and the push to bring their bodies home to their families and tribes. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram to view them and to keep updated on further news.

To learn more about this and our other issues please visit our website 3generations.org.

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3 Generations has been documenting stories of injustices to Native American communities, lands, and culture for more than 10 years. We work to bring attention to the degradation of Native American lands and the vulnerability of native peoples. We will continue to create films and videos that show the impact and devastation that the federal government and extractive industries cause to Native American communities.

The current administration in this country is working towards improving the relationship with Native American communities. There is more of a willingness to help advance the economic and environmental conditions that these communities find themselves in after hundreds of years of deception, betrayal and neglect by the federal government. The administration hopes to address some of these issues with the appointment of the first Native American to the post of Secretary of the Interior, a department officially entrusted with ensuring Native Americans’ welfare. 

Historically, the Department of the Interior was an agency that was responsible for eradicating the homes, the culture and often the lives of Indigenous people in the United States. Deb Haaland’s appointment is seen as a step in healing many of the wounds of the past and a move forward in the right direction. She has already made it clear that she intends to prioritize the Interior Department’s responsibility towards Native peoples, who fall under the jurisdiction of the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education. One of her first actions was streamlining the process for Native American tribes to reacquire public lands from the federal government. She has also pledged to bring more federal resources to bear on missing and murdered Indigenous people, especially women.

To get more information on this and other Native American issues please visit our website at 3Generations.org.

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3 Generations Indigenous People's Day Livestream
3 Generations Indigenous People's Day Livestream

At 3 Generations we continue to be hard at work telling the stories of the injustices suffered by Native Americans, their lands and communities. It is important to share their stories as both an act of healing for them and a call to action for others.

We have exciting updates to share with you on our current work in the field. We recently created a petition for Native land recognition and cultural respect in professional sports. We hope the petition will educate people, fight racism and help undo the damage created by the use of Native American names and mascots in professional sports. So far, almost 3,000 people have signed it. For more information and to sign our petition click here

We also recently hosted two livestreams about Native American justice, treaty rights, land recognition and Indigenous People’s Day. Our first Livestream was a discussion with Dawn Bjoraker about justice and treaty rights on Native American reservations. The second was a discussion with Dawn Bjoraker and Jayli Fimbres about land recognition, the insensitive use of Native American mascots in sports, and Indigenous People’s Day. You can view both Livestreams on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

For more information about Native American justice and land rights or any other social justice issue that we document please go to our website.

We can’t continue our work without your support, so please donate today!

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